Letter: Ball Fights for Women's Issues

Grea J. Kulhanek of South Salem writes in on campaign mailers and Greg Ball.

To the editor:

It must be election time, since I have received three anonymous mailers in the past week attacking Sen. Greg Ball as somehow being “anti-women." As a senior citizen, a former chief financial officer and the mother of a young, professional, woman, I find the nature of these attacks and the demeaning  "1950s style" of the mailers to be disgraceful.

Sen. Ball has a well established record of fighting for issues important to women, most notably for equal pay, combating domestic violence and supporting children and families through initiatives that extend health coverage for out-of-network costs.  And he has been a key leader in ending the dysfunction in State government.

These anonymous attacks confirm for me that the reforms he has helped accomplish working with Gov. Cuomo are a threat to the many entrenched interests in Albany.

The Senator‘s opponent, Manhattan lawyer Justin Wagner, whose photo and information appears in one of the mailers, should disavow them. But that's unlikely, as Mr. Wagner has remained silent throughout the recent scandal which saw Albany Democratic leader Sheldon Silver pay over $100,000 of taxpayer funds as "hush money" to cover up sexual-harassment claims against one of his fellow Democratic legislators.

Unemployment and property taxes are still unacceptably high, and our housing prices are still declining as overburdened taxpayers continue to flee our state. With so many important issues affecting our families, I find this anonymous, underhanded form of attack to be both shameful and counterproductive. Voters deserve better!


Grea J. Kulhanek

007 October 29, 2012 at 10:08 PM
Romneys is a 3-1 underdog he has NO chance
bruiser October 29, 2012 at 10:39 PM
007 i and my family will be voting for Obama and at this time nothing will change my mind,but one thing i will suggest is, do not count your chickens before they hatch.I give this advice quite often and i give this advice no matter who the voter is,republican or democrat (JUST VOTE THAT"S WHAT COUNTS) any individual who doesn't vote doesn't have any say in what happens if they stay home.
George Carey November 03, 2012 at 08:42 PM
Greg Ball, Gay Rights Advocate? NY State Senator Greg Ball, whose pink signs are popping up again, appointed Gerard Gershonowitz to his staff as a Program Associate. Gershonowitz is the Westchester Chairman of the Log Cabin Republicans, a homosexual advocacy group. Ball also opposes the military's "don't ask, don't tell"" policy. GREG BALL WOULD HAVE VOTED TO LEGALIZE HOMOSEXUAL MARRIAGE IF REPUBLICAN CELEBRITIES AGREED TO CAMPAIGN FOR HIM!!! The following is from a NY Times blog last year when Greg Ball couldn't make up his mind whether homosexual marriage was a good idea: http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/06/27/how-the-same-sex-marriage-deal-nearly-collapsed/?partner=rss&emc=rss It was a brazen request, gay marriage advocates thought. Senator Greg Ball, a Republican, told them that if he voted to legalize same-sex marriage, he wanted assurances that national Republican leaders would campaign for him. His top choice: former Vice President Dick Cheney. Mr. Ball, of Putnam County, eventually voted no. But he said he did not regret his request. “As far as Cheney,” he explained by e-mail, “we suggested the need to have nationally prominent conservatives ready to support moderate Republicans willing to support either civil unions or marriage equality, in tough primaries. “Hopefully, they listened, because some of these voting yes are going to have a tough re-election fight.”
Frankie November 06, 2012 at 12:19 AM
there is NO REASON to vote for Greg Ball. He's been so lame on housing, the environment, jobs....Last election day he stood in a parking lot on 202 with Terrence Murphy and Katz declaring he was going to create jobs with another box store. duh, it never happened. Throw him out...he's useless.
James Adnaraf November 29, 2012 at 06:36 PM
The debate over gay marriage is a fair topic. But to those many people who believe opponents of gay marriage are all bigots, you are showing a lack of tolerance. If you think that opposing gay marriage while supporting civil unions makes a person a homophobe recognize this:most of the Democratic Party was homophobic until their recent evolution to supporting same sex marriage.


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